noun med·al \ˈme-dəl\

: a piece of metal often in the form of a coin with designs and words in honor of a special event, a person, or an achievement

Full Definition of MEDAL

:  a small usually metal object bearing a religious emblem or picture
:  a piece of metal often resembling a coin and having a stamped design that is issued to commemorate a person or event or awarded for excellence or achievement

Examples of MEDAL

  1. He was awarded a medal for his heroism.
  2. <the display case held an impressive array of military medals from World War II>

Origin of MEDAL

Middle French medaille, from Old Italian medaglia coin worth half a denarius, medal, from Vulgar Latin *medalis half, alteration of Late Latin medialis middle, from Latin medius — more at mid
First Known Use: circa 1578

Rhymes with MEDAL



: to win a medal

med·aled also med·alledmed·al·ing also med·al·ling \ˈmed-liŋ, ˈme-dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of MEDAL

intransitive verb
:  to win a medal <medaled in figure skating>

Examples of MEDAL

  1. She medaled in figure skating in the Olympics.

First Known Use of MEDAL


Rhymes with MEDAL

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